SITE REVIEW: Blue Design

  • cardesign
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After a long time working on the site I have finally finished my Blue Web Design site, the second version. In my opinion it is much improved over the old version and I have sorted out most of the faults that people expressed with it.

Feel free to tell me what you think and perhaps where to improve.

Also if you notice any errors (especially on the breadlinks) then could you report them so I can fix them ASAP.

Thanks

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  • phragmaster
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Very nice cardesign :-D
I see what you mean about the composition. Alot of people would say its too big, but they arent artistic enough. If it was any smaller it would totally ruin the composition. I like the colour scheme you use, and the site feels very easy and good to use.
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the font on the logo at the top looks cool but i think that iit's unsuitable for a business site. i think that you should make them all the same sizes. it looks like blue pesign instead of blue design.

the site looks clean and loads fast.

very good color scheme

the portfolio section is excellent but i think that the thumbnails should be bigger.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

nice and clan really like it, good job, love the fourm graphics they rock
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wow people on this forum really like blue

good choice blue is a good colour

put something on that big darkish banner/logo looks way to plain and a bit too big!
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Liked everything except the blue ocean only because (at least on my computer - maybe i have the contrast turned down or something) I couldn't tell it was an ocean. Maybe if you defined the image a little more in ps or something. Awsome portfollio and projects.
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I am going to work a bit more on the ocean after I have changed servers which I am doing over the next few days and then buying the domain after this. I may even look into animating the ocean.
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I'm, personally, not a big fan of monochromatic/analogous color schemes. I think your look-n-feel could benefit from a contrasting color, just as a mouseover color if nothing else. There just doesn't seem to be any punch to it, if that makes any sense.

I'm also a huge advocate of columns. If I was looking at your site on a 17" or 19" monitor, using a display resolution of 800 x 600, or even 1024 x 768, my eye would have to travel almost the entire width of my screen and then all the way back for the next line. In my view, this makes for more work in reading your content. My experience with users is, the more they have to work at it, the less likely they are to read it.

As for the ocean graphic, on my display it didn't read as an ocean, but just a texture. I know you said this was FPO, but I wanted to add that for you to consider with your next rev.

Lastly, I would move the copyright info below the ancillary navigation at the bottom.
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Color scheme is good
  • Tazel
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Dude, you're site is the bomb. As someone previously mentioned, the top is kinda big but it seems to fit in with the site. The logo is cool and the color scheme belnds in to itself very nicely. I really can't say anything bad about the site because it's really nice. Keep up the good work!
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Thanks, I have now got the domain name but I am just waiting for the nameservers to change.
  • 007Ninchen
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I like the blue design, looks serious. Only one thing: maybe the background should get a very light color and not just white, don't you think?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

thats real nice, you even preloaded the images :D
  • cardesign
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007Ninchen wrote:
I like the blue design, looks serious. Only one thing: maybe the background should get a very light color and not just white, don't you think?


It does #F0F5F8 :roll:

Thanks for all the comments

It has a domain now http://www.bluewebdesign.co.uk
  • Tazel
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Post 3+ Months Ago

About your forums, in the main index, you should change the links in the categories. You can't see them.
  • cardesign
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How do you mean? Do you have a screenshot. I can see them fine.
  • Tazel
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Image
  • Tazel
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It's not completely invisible but it's pretty hard to see, especially when it's not circled in red and in an image. :D
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OK I will try and change that. I haven't finished the forum skin as you might have guessed. I have just got the base there and I have completed some mods. The actual forum is aiming for a completion date of 1st Feb 2004
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I would also like to comment you on your logo. It Rocks :D
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I dig the Blue.... :D From the start I was satisfied with it's clean looks.... (including the lack of ANY pop ups :x ) The pages load quick and incoporate the sites blue through out the page.... Who signed up all the chatter in the forums? I thought there was a ton of talk going on in it but really was all preposted topics.. :shock:

Keep up the good work

Later
:arrow: SycomCOmp :idea:
  • cardesign
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Post 3+ Months Ago

The forums do have a news preposter as the Blue Universe site is a news website. It will have members but my site visitors are not able to access it yet.
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Very nice! Very clean! I like it. However, a few of my opinions.

Music, no matter how subtle, is annoying on web pages.

Minimize download speeds by changing your navbar to text links rather than images. You can keep the same exact look using CSS as you have with your png navbar files.

Very professional layout. My web design homepage is crap in comparrison to yours. I made mine two years ago and have been inspired to do a redesign after looking at yours. Don't take offense to what I've said above. Your design is top notch. Just throwing in my two cents. Very organized. Good stuff.

Last thing: I'm not sure what purpose your little bit of flash serves.

All in all, I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Very professional, clear, concise, etc. Good coding.
  • cardesign
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Yeah I just added it and it needs more work. It is better than what I had there before and hopefully I will make some other changes to it. Another reason for it is to make the site a portfolio of my work and to show I can do flash.
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cardesign wrote:
Another reason for it is to make the site a portfolio of my work and to show I can do flash.

Then it makes perfect sense! Keep up the good work.
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Thanks

I will try and make the buttons in css as soon as I get some time.
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That'd be sweet. You'll be surprised how fast your page loads when the design is done in CSS. It's hard to make a stricly css design (I still fail in this), but it never ceases to amaze me how fast pages can load when they're slimmed down.
  • Tazel
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Ok, just to let you know, that new music thingy is in my opinion too obnoxious. It's way too loud. If it was a lot softer than I think I could enjoy it.
  • cardesign
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You sure it isn't your volume. I have set the volume to 40% and I need to turn my volume up to be able to hear it.
  • Tazel
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Well, my speakers are fine. When I listen to regular music it's fine also but yours seems kinda loud.
  • cardesign
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Not sure why that is, I did make sure especially that I set it to a low volume. Is anyone else experiencing this?
  • isolvesystems
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Look nice. Since this is a design business, you may want to add more graphics.
  • cardesign
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Just added new music to the Flash to make it more upbeat and I made the nav buttons css. 8)
  • whatlikesit12345
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I really like the site. I love that flash at the top. Agree with everyone else about how clean and simple it is
  • cardesign
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Thanks ;)
  • ianl
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Good job with the site. Light, loads fast, and all the rest of it. The flash adds a nice touch, although you have to take a minute to deceipher what the words in that neat font really are.

Also, the portfolio link icons, and other icons, could be maybe a teeny bit bigger (maybe 16 pix by 16 pix) and that way you can see the design better while still staying on your smokin' fast site.
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cardesign wrote:
Been working on this for a bit. Just about to get a domain so don't worry about that. The dark navy ocean image is for composition and to create a calm atmosphere as I didn't really want any stock images as I felt that they could put clients off. Anyway here it is......

Blue Web Design


cool font, could you share it?
  • cardesign
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bn cosmic girl is what I think it is called. Got it off http://www.1001freefonts.com 8)
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thanks, the search engine couldnt find it, but i could :)

and really, its a neat site.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

hey

i like the site, nice layout, and very nice colour scheme, i also like how its simple and to the point

good work
keep it up

please take a look at my site and send a PM
thanks

aman
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Thanks for the comments. I am about to release the entirely new design in the next few days. So I hope you are all looking forward to it.
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I am kinda new at this, but I found you site easy to use/navigate, although the music gets kind of annoying after 5+ minutes of listening to it, despite it's soothing sound.
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If anybody wishes to view the new site then you can see it here

I should have it at the main site area by tomorrow
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OK the new site is now up. I'll post the new text here and I'll change the initial message.

After a long time working on the site I have finally finished my Blue Web Design site, the second version. In my opinion it is much improved over the old version and I have sorted out most of the faults that people expressed with it.

Feel free to tell me what you think and perhaps where to improve.

Also if you notice any errors (especially on the breadlinks) then could you report them so I can fix them ASAP.

Thanks

Blue Web Design
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Hm, i can do better ;]. With what program you make it ?
  • cardesign
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Does that comment help me in any way at all?
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I like blue as you will see from the sites I make
(http://www.alienbrain.org), though I don't really like the blue shades used on your site.

Photo in the top right, I know what site you visit, I visit there too, that photographer is the best.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

just to comment: You know that the microsoft blue is the most popularly rated favorite color by the public. That blue, is by far the most relaxing and over-used commercial color. :wink: we like blue

:lol:
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that website is very simple and easy to use. i like th colours and the general simplicity. i give it a 5 out of 5.
  • dont_lament
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I really didnt like this site much. Sorry. Looked cheep
  • cardesign
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Thanks for the other comments

Why does it look cheap?

Red and Purple wouldn't work for blue web design
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Sorry :(

I think i reviewed the wrong site! My apologies mate...really sorry.

I just had a look at yours, the Blue Web Design site and i like it...sorry again
  • cardesign
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lol, no problem

;)
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nice looking site, colours are easy on the eye, content is to the point and fits the page layout well.

The sitemap confused me a bit as it shows many many more links than are visible from the site nav bar.
  • cardesign
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Yeah, the site goes in to quite a lot of depth the further you go into it and I needed to include all the pages that were in the site.
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The site does not take very long to load and i like the layout, it gives it a fresh look.

I love the colours too,

Overall i think that it is a good site

Tone
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Wonderful design, well many people have said enough about your site !:) Looks wonderful.

Ah, looks like you are pro-freelancer. There is one well known site
that webmasters,programmer and webdesigners meet needing
each other and paying each other per project .

Wonder if you are out of projects and this might help you :lol:

Well, good luck with the site! bye!
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Thanks ;)
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I like the simplicity ...
I think that, if you can make a great simple site, you can make everything you want ... sometimes simple things are better than complicated ones !
You just proove it !
nice work !
I wanna make the same one day !
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Thanks for the comments ;)
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I would make the graphics in the portfolio section open open in the same window when you open the thumbnails.

Other than that, it looks great.
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looks good..
:lol:
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